PLATTEVILLE — The Grant County Historical Society will present Lance Herdegen, Wisconsin’s most noted authority on the Civil War, at the Platteville Municipal Building Community Auditorium, 75 N. Bonson St., Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Herdegen will present a program about the Iron Brigade (also known as the Black Hat Brigade) in honor of Veterans Day.
Herdegen was the chair of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission and is a well known author, former reporter for United Press International and speaker who lectures through out the United States on Civil War History.
The Iron Brigade was an infantry brigade in the Union Army that suffered more battlefield casualties than any other unit in the Civil War. Many of the men who made up the Iron Brigade were from Grant County, including the first 100 men to volunteer for Company C, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Those attending the program will discover the role men from Platteville, Lancaster, Bloomington, Hazel Green, Boscobel, Fennimore, and Potosi, as well as Beetown, Georgetown and other Grant County locations played from Gettysburg to Appomattox.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12.
Autographed copies of Herdegen’s latest book, The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory, will be available for sale. Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used for the preservation of the Grant County Historical Museum in Lancaster and the Mitchell–Rountree Stone Cottage in Platteville.
For more information call Arlene Siss, 348-9229.